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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Jul 11, 2012 7:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry's Voice Apex

Isn't it ironic, that during this peek period of his voice, that in the middle of it those "Wall of Sound" shows, their voices are going through those weird mikes, that can make the voices sound strange and sibilant .
I think Jerry got the hang of them better than Weir .
I do think that after 76, the drugs, cigs. , wear ( constant touring) and age, started to degrade/change his voice . Thus the birth of the "Fozzie Bear choking on a hot dog" voice . I think Jerry adapted, and could still be an effective singer with the voice he had . I, for one, like the later "old man" voice , on songs like "High Time" more than i do his cleaner early voice . And he was always soulful; something few, technically better, singers can do .

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Jul 11, 2012 10:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry's Voice - period.

DD- you hit on the point I'd like to reiterate in this thread - Jerry was much more than effective with his vocals. Despite limitations and destructive behaviors, I really love his vocals in almost all periods, even counting the weaker 80's. There's few singers who can communicate so much and with SOUL as you pointed out. Also notable is his diction - despite a penchant for saying "nut-thatched" instead of just nut-thatch in Eyes - you can always understand the words ... and I can forgive forgetting lyrics, when you consider the thousands of songs in his mental library. You touched on another point - I think his craggy aged voice contributes mightily to songs like Lazy River Road and Standing on the Moon... just beautiful and poignant.

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Poster: Reade Date: Jul 12, 2012 2:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry's Voice - period.

He was very deliberate about pronouncing the consonants at the end of words in general.

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Poster: Reade Date: Jul 11, 2012 8:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry's Voice Apex

You make an intriguing point about those microphones. His peak voice to me was '72-'76 and primarily with the non-Dead configurations- O&ITW and the various Jerry Band lineups. Never even occurred to me to wonder why I didn't necessarily feel the same about his Dead vocals from that era.

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